The Word is Life

Hearing the Voice of God

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. When I was a counselor at Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake in Maine a few years back, I was walking fast (as I usually do) up the trail from the water to the...

Wisdom for Peace and Unity

Here is a link to this week's readings. Continuing with our theme of joining Jesus in His prayer for unity and promoting unity through our words and actions, today we come to the gift of wisdom. St. Benedict provided us with...

A Key Strategy for Promoting Unity

Here is a link to today's readings. [caption id="attachment_18721" align="alignright" width="300"] The statue of St. Benedict of Nursia (Norcia, Italy)[/caption] The very first word in the ancient Rule of St. Benedict is “Listen.” “Incline the ear of your heart (Proverbs 4:20)” he...

That They All May Be One

Here is a link to this week's readings. In last week’s blog, I shared Robert Fulghum’s hide-n-seek story and attempted to give one possible explanation for the hiddenness of God. Fulghum, though, does not end with hide-n-seek. He writes, “Better than hide-and-seek,...

Why Does God Remain Hidden?

Here is a link to this week's readings. Do you remember the great book by Robert Fulghum that was popular twenty-five years ago called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? There was a story in that collection about...

Let Freedom Ring!

Here is a link to today's readings. We have powerful words about the sacrament of baptism from St. Paul this week. “Brothers and sisters,” he said, “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his...

From the Rooftops!

Here is a link to today's readings. Have I shared with you my pet peeve before? It occurs all-to-often at sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem. The singer reaches the powerful high note at the words “O’er the...

Do This In Memory of Me

Here is a link to today's readings. The Christian religion was known to its original followers as The Way. It is the way of a good life, the way of peace and justice, the way of mercy and compassion, the way...

No Salvation Outside the Church

Here is a link to today's readings. When I was a little boy, I was convinced that the term for cutting the grass was “lowing the mawn.” In my young mind, I imagined the “mawn” must be the grass, and when...

The Spirit Blows Where It Wills

Here is a link to this week's readings. A good friend of mine retired a few years back as Director of Religious Education (DRE) at her local parish. Having spent her career in the ministry of faith formation, retirement hit her...